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A Company of Service

Posted by: Spencer Allen, project engineer, February 21, 2018

I just started at Ball Systems in October 2017, so I’m still fairly new to this company. It’s important to know that when I started looking for jobs, I wasn’t somebody who applied everywhere I saw an opportunity. I wanted specific things out of a company – and I loved the potential I saw here.

That potential I saw quickly grew into reality. Our company’s motto is “Simplifying the Lives of the Engineers We Serve”, but it doesn’t just stop at a trite motto. It’s how we choose to do business. In a for-profit world and company, it’s few and far between that actually try to go the extra mile in service; I think that’s what makes Ball Systems unique. I’ve seen this lived out in a variety of ways, but I’ll list a few of the ones that stick out in my mind below.

  • Expedites. The extra miles that this company goes to meets a customer’s needs is extraordinary. I’ve been on the receiving end of more than one order that needs to get in and out of our doors in less than a week. We do it, and we do it well. Whether that means working extra hours or re-prioritizing our days, the customer always comes first.
  • Convenience. We strive to make the lives of our customer’s easy. We’ve had customers come into our shop to functionally test their equipment, removing one step from the process of needing to ship it to them before it reaches the end destination. We try to do everything possible to simplify the process between us and you.
  • Communication. I work on project management, and I’ve quickly learned that communication is a top priority of this company. We are up front and honest about where we are with projects and work to keep our customers up to date. It seems like it’s an easy step, but it’s one that I’ve seen frequently missed at other places.
  • Internal. All our actions must have their root somewhere, and for Ball Systems those roots are right here in the building. We choose to not only serve our customers, but each other. Since I’ve started, I’ve had multiple coworkers that were willing to stay late for me on a day that I couldn’t or help with the workload while I’ve been gone. We work, eat, and laugh with each other both inside and outside the office.

We have a passion for serving at Ball Systems. We’ve found that a business works best when has a relationship with its customers. We love working both with and for people, and that’s quickly evident in the way we do business. Ball Systems really is a family company, and that dynamic can completely shift a job.

If you are interested in working with us on your next project, contact us at (317) 804-2330.

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Partner with Ball Systems for your Build-To-Print Projects

Posted on February 2, 2018

Leveraging a turnkey build-to-print partner like Ball Systems can save you time and money by producing precise high-quality copies of your test system or product. Utilizing a build-to-print partner can assist you in the early stages of product development where volumes are uneven, engineering is incomplete, and assembly documentation is inconsistent. Complex solutions are our specialty, including seamlessly integrating electronics, electro-mechanical systems, and mechanical subsystems.

Ball Systems’ flexible process design helps your company keep pace with engineering changes on the fly while meeting your low and mid-volume manufacturing needs. Your test system or product will be managed by experienced project engineers and assembled by skilled in-house production technicians.

An integrated support team of experts for our build-to-print customers:

  • Dedicated project managers with engineering backgrounds
  • Procurement team adept at locating obsolete or hard to find material
  • Tenured production technicians with diverse skillsets and certifications
  • Design engineers (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and Controls) to assist where needed

Ball Systems is your seasoned partner in navigating the build-to-print world with our rigorous five-phase build process. Our build-to-print services include full turn-key assembly of your project, and we can also act as an extension of your engineering team to finalize your design or support your design revision needs.

Our five-phase process delivers consistent quality and on-time delivery for our build-to-print customers.

  1. Quoting: Submit your design documents that may include bill of materials, assembly prints, mechanical detail prints, electrical schematics, cable diagrams and PCA information. In return, we will provide a fully-vetted, competitive quote that eliminates surprises.
  2. Procurement: Submit your purchase order (PO) along with any revisions or special instructions. A dedicated project engineer will be assigned to your project, we will begin to procure material and work with your team to ensure compliance throughout the assembly process.
  3. Assembly: Our production facility is on-site at our headquarters. We have a team of tenured and experienced production technicians with diverse backgrounds in custom electrical and electro-mechanical assembly and an in-house machine shop that allows us to make on-the-fly modifications if required.  Whether your need is PCA assembly, custom cables, custom mechanical assembly, or a fully integrated system, our technicians are experienced in all facets.
  4. Quality: We perform in-process and final quality control along with functional testing per your specifications.
  5. Shipping: We can ship, world-wide, to your facility, including managing customs.

Ready to submit your design documents? To talk to one of our sales team members, contact us at (317) 804-2330 or at [email protected].

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Company Value: Communication

Posted by Pat Turley, president, on January 29, 2018

At Ball Systems, we believe that our values are critical to our own success, as well as our ability to effectively serve our customers. Each month during our all-hands company meeting we discuss two or three of our core values to help keep them top of mind for our team members. This week I want to focus on our “Communication” value, what it means to us as a company and how it positively impacts our customers.

What this means to us: We communicate proactively, clearly, and transparently…good or bad. This is not only with our customers but also with each other, as team members. We realize the importance of this value in our daily work.

What this means to our customers: We realize our customers are more comfortable and effective when they know where things stand, and what to expect. We strive to minimize surprises. We believe that clarity and transparency build trust with others, and that trust is the basis for a great team, and for a great customer/supplier relationship.

If you are interested in working with us on your next project, contact us at (317) 804-2330.

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Company Value: Respect

Posted by Pat Turley, president, on January 22, 2018

At Ball Systems, we believe that our values are critical to our own success, as well as our ability to effectively serve our customers. Each month during our all-hands company meeting we discuss two or three of our core values to help keep them top of mind for our team members. This week I want to focus on our “Respect” value, what it means to us as a company and how it positively impacts our customers.

What this means to us: We will respect each other’s value, differences, and contributions. For our customers, our team, ourselves, our vendors, our community. Our team is diverse by design. We value the differences that each team member represents. We also recognize that everyone is important and has a role that matters. No individual is more important than anyone else, and no individual’s time is more valuable.

What this means to our customers: Likewise, we will respect all of our customers. Many are from different regions, with different customs, cultures, and backgrounds, but they all have in common that they are trying hard to succeed in their own role and to make their companies successful. Our job is to serve them well, to simplify their lives, and to help them to be successful, whether they are similar to us or not.

If you are interested in working with us on your next project, contact us at (317) 804-2330.

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Company Value: Excellence in the Ordinary

Posted by Andy Caine, VP of Finance and Operations, on January 15, 2018

At Ball Systems, we believe that our values are critical to our own success, as well as our ability to effectively serve our customers. Each month during our all-hands company meeting we discuss two or three of our core values to help keep them top of mind for our team members. This week I want to focus on our “Excellence in the Ordinary” value, what it means to us as a company and how it positively impacts our customers.

What this means to us: We are faithful in the little things. Details matter. We recognize that small mistakes can lead to big issues. We also acknowledge that the accumulation of small decisions can have a large impact. We will strive for excellence in all that we do and will challenge ourselves to be better today than we were yesterday, even in seemingly small matters.

What this means to our customers: Because we strive for excellence, our customers will see us working our hardest to make every project successful in every way. Our customers benefit from this value most as we designed it specifically for our team members to apply our value rigorously as they are working with our customers.

If you are interested in working with us on your next project or joining our team, contact us at (317) 804-2330.

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Company Value: Accountability

Posted by Pat Turley, president, on January 4, 2018

At Ball Systems, we believe that our values are critical to our own success, as well as our ability to effectively serve our customers. Each month during our all-hands company meeting we discuss two or three of our core values to help keep them top of mind for our team members. This week I want to focus on our “Accountability” value, what it means to us as a company and how it positively impacts our customers.

Accountability: We honor commitments to our customers and to one another. I am responsible to accomplish my work, on-time, with quality. I realize that my customers, my co-workers, and the company depend on me doing what is expected of me. I will do what it takes to honor my commitments, even when it is uncomfortable or hard.

What this means to our customers: We don’t settle for excuses, so for our customers, accountability means that we strive to honor commitments we have made. We take responsibility to accomplish our work, on-time, with the highest quality possible. We recognize that our customers are counting on our solutions to be right and on-time, and because we’ve been in similar roles as our customers, we understand the importance (and impact) of doing what we say we’re going to do. We also recognize how important it is for a customer to have confidence that we’re going to come through. Our commitment is to do just that.

If you are interested in working with us on your next project, contact us at (317) 804-2330.

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New Team Members – 2017

2017 has been a year of growth for Ball Systems and because of that growth we have added quite a few new team members. You can learn a little bit about each of them below:

Dave Platts – Engineering Manager

Dave Platts, engineering manager

Dave is the newest member of our management team working as the design engineering team manager. Dave graduated from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering and is primarily responsible for the management of the design engineering team’s day-to-day activities, the technical approach to system designs, and the project work efforts, timing, and costs associated with meeting customer requirements. Dave has a history working in test system engineering and managing multiple engineering groups.

Dave played on the golf team in high school and still plays today. He is also very interested in classic cars and has restored a 1970 Cutlass convertible. Dave also enjoys listening to vinyl records on vintage hi-fi equipment but has been experimenting with digital audio as well. He has said that he is a constant learner. Dave enjoys working around the house and in the yard as well as playing Euchre. He enjoys Sam Adams and most dark beers and a good Merlot. He loves to go to beach – Sanibel Island, FL is one of Dave’s favorite places.

Spencer Allan, project engineer

Spencer Allan – Project Engineer
Spencer is our newest team member to the project engineering team and he has a degree in electrical engineering from Olivet Nazarene University. Spencer grew up in Illinois but calls Indy his home now and is enjoying getting to know the area. Spencer’s primary role at Ball Systems is project management. He is responsible for working directly with our customers to make sure we are meeting deadlines and completing projects on time. Spencer is a people person and he has said that those skills have helped him a lot in this role as there is a lot of communication needed between different areas – operations, engineering, and the customer.

Spencer is an avid hiker and camper – in fact, two years ago he hadn’t been to a single National Park and now he has been to 13. This past summer, he took a road trip to Utah and visited five National Parks in that one trip. He also swam from Costa Rica to Nicaragua. Spencer is a huge Star Wars and Lord of the Rings fan as well as many other movies. He really enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing board games. Spencer noted “also I love puzzles. I’m not a grandma, but there’s nothing quite like doing a cool puzzle with a movie on in the background.”

Ron Radzwion – Inventory Supply Technician

Ron Radzwion, inventory supply technician

Ron is a very important team member especially to our production team and to our project engineers. Ron’s primary responsibilities include: checking in orders (verifying package contents with Ball Systems purchase orders), receiving items into our inventory system against a job so that the project engineers know what items we have received for their jobs, picking up/dropping off parts, pulling parts from inventory for new jobs, packaging and shipping orders to customers. To be successful, Ron must be organized and thorough and we truly think he is.

Ron has lived in four different states (Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Michigan) over the last four years, but now calls Indy home. He is a self-proclaimed beer enthusiast and enjoys playing video games in his spare time. He also enjoys projects that keep him busy and working out regularly.

Melanie Verburg – Marketing Specialist

Melanie Verburg, marketing specialist

Melanie received her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in communications. She now calls Indy her home and she loves it. She was raised in Fort Wayne and has four younger brothers. Melanie currently manages and coordinates all marketing efforts for Ball Systems – a first in the company’s 50-year history. She has been tasked with bringing her marketing knowledge to a team full of engineers. Melanie says that her favorite part of her job is being able to educate the team on marketing practices but also being able to learn everyday about what this team does in the engineering world.

In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading and hanging out with her dog (Finn) and cat (Zola). She also really likes to be outside and knows more about human anatomy than the average human because of her fascination of Grey’s Anatomy and her history of working for a health system. Melanie is a Riley Kid and used to speak at Dance Marathons across the state of Indiana to encourage students to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Melanie is an alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity and is currently an adviser with the Delta Alpha chapter of Phi Mu at Indiana University.

Joe Miko – Business Development Manager

Joe Miko, business development manger

Joe has a degree in business from Eastern Michigan University and is based in the Detroit, MI area. He is in a newly established position for Ball Systems which is responsible for new business development and sales for the upper mid-west region of the US. Joe believes that it’s an exciting position because he can use his 20 years automotive related commercial experience in this same region to independently navigate Ball Systems towards new opportunities and potential growth areas. Joe said that he believes in what we do here at Ball Systems and that it resonates with our core target customers and they appreciate not only our competence and long standing 50 years’ experience in this area, but also the strict adherence to straightforward and honest business values that go along with everything we do.

Joe loves history and is a true believer that understanding the past is needed to guide us through the challenges of today. And that passion takes him in several directions. Currently, he is restoring a 1943 Ford GPW jeep, and is very proud to show pictures and to boast about the project. Feel free to ask him any questions about it, but fair warning – he says you might get an ear full in return. Joe also enjoys sports and as a native Clevelander he even admits being a lifelong Browns fan. Now if that’s not loyalty……we aren’t sure what is! In his spare time, Joe really enjoys taking hikes in the beautiful MI State and National Parks with his wife, Tanya, and two dogs, Gunther and Gretel. Their youngest, (Gunther) is in the process of becoming a veteran’s service dog.

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Ball Systems 2017 Christmas Party

Written by: Melanie Verburg, marketing specialist, on December 18, 2017

Celebrating the holidays throughout the year is something that we do best. This year, for our Christmas Party, we celebrated at the beautiful and historic Rathskeller in downtown Indianapolis. We wore our ugliest Christmas sweaters, played holiday trivia games and a Christmas song trivia game, won prizes, enjoyed a delicious meal and most importantly, spent time together.

            

Joe Miko won a Garmin Activity Watch from the raffle.

Toran Fiene won a Roku from the raffle.

Maggy, Toran’s date, won an Amazon Echo Dot from the raffle.

Jim Sturgill won a FitBit HR from the raffle.

Spencer Allan won a Vizio Sound Bar from the employee only raffle.

Kim Richardson won a new TV from the employee only raffle.

Ugly Sweater Contest Winners
From Left: Joe Miko, Third Place; AJ Williams (Melanie’s date), First Place; Steve McCreary; Second Place.

 

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The Giving Tree

Written by: Melanie Verburg, marketing specialist, on December 11, 2017

Ball Systems is doing a Giving Tree this year to help families and children of Westfield’s Student Impact that are in need. We want to help the families give their children the Christmas they deserve. Ball Systems team members are purchasing gifts for 30 students this year. We truly hope that our contributions make a difference in the lives of these students.

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Our production area is growing and improving

Posted by: Melanie Verburg, marketing specialist on December 4, 2017

As the number and sizes of our projects continue to increase, we needed to make some room for them and the best way was to build up – with a mezzanine. We’ve increased our production space by about 20%, allowing us to relocate our raw material inventory and free up more space for large unit production to meet our customers’ growing needs.

Before the mezzanine was installed

After the mezzanine was installed

After the mezzanine was installed

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